Programme aims to change lives

By Pai Mulitalo Ale ,

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CHANGED PEOPLE: Prisoners who received certificates yesterday after the ceremony at Tafa’igata.

CHANGED PEOPLE: Prisoners who received certificates yesterday after the ceremony at Tafa’igata.

A programme designed to teach prisoners how to read, write and to empower them with the Word of God celebrated sweet success yesterday.

More than fifty prisoners received certificates after the four-month programme conducted by the Sei Oriana Organization.

President of the Organization, Fuimaono Na’oia Oli Schuster, said the programme is all about changing lives and getting the prisoners to believe in themselves that with the help of God, they can change for the better.

“God has different ways to change a person’s life. We believe anybody can be changed.” 

While it is only the beginning of the programme, Fuimaono said there is a definitely a need for it.

Assistant Commissioner, Ulugia Niuia Aumua, thanked the Sei Oriana for the initiative.

Ulugia said most of the prisoners at Tafaigata can’t read and write but with this programme they are starting to learn.

“There is a big change in them ever since this programme started.”

Officials at the prizegiving yesterday.
Officials at the prizegiving yesterday.

Asked how they select the prisoners to participate, Ulugia said they have a training needs analysis to select the ones who are qualified to participate. 

The programme is conducted on a two-hour basis twice a week. 

One of the prisoners who participated in the programme, Vaomu’a Mulitalo of Sa’anapu, said he found the training very helpful. 

 “I now know how powerful the word of God is, I now know how to pray whole heartedly to God for his blessings,” said Vaomu’a. 

Before he took part in the programme, he said he forgot about just how great God is.

 “Another thing I learnt not only from this programme but from prison is how to get connected with my family again, family is everything.” 

Another prisoner 18-year-old, Apisai Joseph, said he would make good use of the programme and what it has taught him. 

“With this programme, it has helped my mind to see the clear picture of everything that’s been happening, especially with my life,” he said.

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